Sequels Aren't Equals

When Hollywood dupes its hits, freshness gives way to formula. These comedy retreads promise more of the same but provide less.

If you come, they will rebuild it. This movie law is founded on the success of sequels over the past two decades. From The Godfather, Part II through the multipart triumphs of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Rocky and Rambo, cops and aliens, Hollywood made big money by providing further adventures and more of the same.

This year, though, the golden rule seems tarnished. It's not that there's anything new in movies, heaven knows; the studios are serving up action, romance and comedy with the usual bland vigor. But so far, not one of 1993's top 20 hits is a spin-off. If...

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